Lee edges favourites in ANA Inspiration playoff

Australia’s Minjee Lee has recorded another top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour in a major with a share of 7th place at the ANA Inspiration. Lee finished at 10-under the card, five short of the eventual winner South Korea’s Mirim Lee.

Mirim Lee snatched a dramatic victory in a three-way finish at the ANA Inspiration in California as she edged out long-time leader Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson with a birdie at the first play-off hole.

Minjee Lee Mirim Lee enjoying the winner’s lake at the ANA Inspiration (Credit: LPGA)

Lee nailed the birdie putt in the first hole of the playoff despite never looking like being the winner in the first major championship for the 29-year-old South Korean ranked No. 94 in the world.

“Honestly, I can’t really believe it right now,” said Lee.

“I feel like I must be a little crazy for having won this. I think I’ll be able to feel it once I meet my family and reunite with them.”

What’s In The Bag – Mirim Lee

  • Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball
  • TaylorMade SIM Driver (9°)
  • TaylorMade SIM Ti (15°)
  • Callaway Rogue Hybrid (18°)
  • TaylorMade P790 (4-PW)
  • Titleist Vokey SM8 (50°, 54°, 58°)
  • Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Putter

“To be honest, of the four rounds, today I struggled the most. Not a lot of my shots were the way that I wanted them. But I think I had a bit of luck that helped me.”

It was another wild finish in the LPGA major that moved from the first weekend of April to the 100-degree heat of September, yet most players were appreciative of the chance to play.

With world No. 1 Jin Young Ko and U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 staying home because of travel concerns, Lee made it 10 consecutive years with a South Korean winning a major.

It was her fourth LPGA Tour victory, and first since the Kia Classic three years ago.

Overall it was also a good week for the Australians.

Katherine Kirk shared 7th position with fellow countrywomen Lee while amateur Gaby Ruffles posted a 7-under-par finish for a share of 15th position seeing three Aussies inside the top-20. Hannah Green shared 62nd position.